Medicinal Benefits Fenugreek
Fenugreek (Methi) seeds commonly used as a spice have amazing health benefits. Fenugreek helps to control cholesterol and blood glucose, helps to reduce triglycerides, improves thinking ability and is a cure to a number of ailments like arthritis, asthma and bronchitis. It also helps to improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labour, to treat hormonal disorders and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that it may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes as well. Fenugreek is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.
Health benefits of Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds if taken/swallowed raw (about 2-3 gms) early morning with warm water, even before brushing ones teeth and before tea/coffee, is supposed to have a therapeutic and healing effect on joint pains, without any side effects. Fenugreek relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. In ancient Egypt a paste made by soaking fenugreek seeds in water was used to treat fevers and stomach problems.
Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion alleviates coughing, stimulates perspiration to reduce fevers, and is beneficial for treating allergies, bronchitis and congestion. It is rich in fiber, iron, calcium and phosphorus.
■ It helps in improving the milk secretion in lactating mothers.
■ Consumption of fenugreek seeds protects against cancers of the breast and colon.
■ Taking one teaspoon full of fenugreek seed powder on empty stomach helps lower type-1 and type-2 diabetes. Lower serum cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein.
■ Balances harmone levels to make menopause a lot easier for women to deal with.
■ Add one spoon fenugreek seeds to one liter water and bring it to boil, let it cool down and gargle with the solution to get relief from throat congestion and irritation.
■ Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water; ground to paste, adding reetha to it and apply to your head 10 minutes before taking bath. This will give nourishment to hair and relief from dandruff, leaving hair silky and smooth.
■ Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in ½ cup of curd for about 15 minutes and just gulp down to get relief from stomach pain and loose motions.
■ Add a pinch of fenugreek seed’s powder to a little mehandi with water and apply to cracks in feet and make your feet very smooth.
■ According to ayurveda fenugreek can be used for inducing labour and aiding digestion. It is also good to improve metabolism and health. Irritated skin condition can be soothed by the external application of fenugreek. Fenugreek is also used for fevers and muscle aches.
Benefits of Fenugreek leaves
■ A paste of fenugreek leaves applied on palms and soles alleviates burning sensation.
■ Anemic patients can consume fenugreek leaves regularly as they are a rich source of iron. A paste of fenugreek leaves applied on swellings, sprains and burns heals them effectively.
■ Fenugreek leaf powder significantly increases the antioxidant system in diabetics.
■ Fresh paste of fenugreek leaves and coconut milk applied over the scalp is believed to prevent hair-loss, promotes hair growth, preserves its natural color, delays graying of hair and makes it silky soft.
■ A paste of fenugreek leaves mixed with vinegar is good for treating dandruff.
■ A pimple and blackhead-prone skin can be treated with the paste of fenugreek leaves and turmeric, helps in improving the skin tone.
■ Fenugreek leaves also has anti-ageing properties. Make a paste of fenugreek leaves and add boiled milk to it. Applying this to your face delays the appearance of fine lines and face wrinkles. It not only improves the complexion but also makes one look years younger.
■ Fenugreek leaves paste when applied on acne affected area every night and washed away the following morning with warm water prevents fresh breakouts of acne.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna